247 Starr Street
(corner of Starr and Wycoff)
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Hours: Tues-Sat 5pm-2am, Sun 5pm-12am
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L train to Jefferson
Just a block from the Jefferson Street L stop sits Hi Hello, a darling new sandwich eatery that quietly opened in early April on Starr Street. Inside the festively pinstriped door, the proprietors—a few of whom also run Momo Sushi Shack—are serving a small menu of artisan sandwiches, each inspired by a part of co-owner Phillip Gilmour’s life experiences.
“We’re not trying to be too eclectic or international,” Gilmour explains. “Each sandwich has a story. We like what we like and the menu reflects that.”
The Jerk Chicken Sandwich ($9) comes from Gilmour’s go-to meal at the Jamaican restaurant he worked at in Atlanta, while the Duck Breast Sandwich ($14) comes from a Persian dish he made for his mother, who’d spent time in Iran. “I’m obsessed with a dish called Fesenjn. It’s a walnut and pomegranate molasses stew that you braise lamb, chicken or duck in. It’s the best,” Gilmour says. “So I’ve always (in my head) played around with the idea to make the walnut stew a pate.” He says an artist friend, Kamrooz Aram, suggested he use duck instead of chicken or lamb.It was the Roast Beef Sandwich ($13) that caught my attention. In this one, Gilmour combines medium-rare slices of roast tenderloin with a crunchy punch of kimchi and cucumber. To bind it all together, creamy goat cheese to kick up the tang factor. The Cheeseburger’s ($11) nothing to sneeze at either, especially since they’re using Wagyu Beef and topping it with sharp cheddar, pickles and onions. All the sandwiches come with a side of fries, soup, salad or beet-topped tortilla espanola, which comes with a spectacular garam masala aioli.